Back surgery can refer to several different methods and procedures, including:
- Spinal fusion – The joining of two or more vertebrae with screws, rods, or bone grafting in order to improve stability in the spine.
- Discectomy – The removal of a herniated intervertebral disc.
- Laminectomy – The removal of the laminae (vertebrae sections around the spinal cord) in order to make the spinal canal larger and relieve pressure from nerves. This same procedure can also be used to remove tumors or to implant a catheter as part of an external pump for delivering pain medication.
Also Known As:
- Disc surgery
- Pain management
Conditions Treated with Back Surgery:
There are several different conditions that can be treated with various types of back surgery, including osteoarthritis, herniated discs, spinal fractures, spinal infections, spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis and sciatica.